Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #282

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 282nd weekly round-up from the Lib Dem blogosphere … Featuring the seven most popular stories beyond Lib Dem Voice according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (8-14 July, 2012), together with a hand-picked quintet, normally courtesy of LibDig, you might otherwise have missed.

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As ever, let’s start with the most popular post, and work our way down:

1. Day 4211: The Price for Dropping Lords Reform – VINCE FOR CHANCELLOR by Richard Flowers on The Very Fluffy Diary of Millennium Dome, Elephant.
Give Vince the job he was born to do, says Richard.

2. The strange Conservative strategy on Mark Pack’s blog.
Are the Tories giving Ed Miliband an open goal?

3. Paddy Ashdown on Lords reform – and Alex Carlile by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England.
Paddy “has forgotten none of his training in unarmed combat by felling Alex Carlile,” who wrote a critical article the previous week.

4. Give the Lords reform rebels what they want by Dan Falchikov on Living on words alone.
Dan suggest recalling MPs over the Summer Recess to allow the extended debate the rebels are demanding.

5. Day 4209: Lording It by Richard Flowers on The Very Fluffy Diary of Millennium Dome, Elephant.
“The House of Lords is a CANCER of PRIVILEGE,” says Richard.

6. This is what an honest MP opposed to Lords reform would say on Mark Pack’s blog.
Mark imagines…

7. Stuff the coalition and use the Fixed Term Parliament Act by Paul Walters on Liberal Burblings.
“…if the Tory lunatics wreck the Houe of Lords reform bill, after two years of cross party working at a consensus, then we should withdraw our support from the Tories and join Labour in government. I mean it.”

And now to the five blog-posts that come highly recommended, regardless of the number of Aggregator click-throughs they attracted. These are normally chosen using the LibDig bookmarking website for party members, the site where you can highlight blog-posts you want to share with your fellow Lib Dems. Remember, though, you’re still more than welcome to nominate for the Golden Dozen a Lib Dem blog article published in the past seven days – your own, or someone else’s – using the steam-powered method of e-mail … all you have to do is drop a line to [email protected]

8. 10 principles for the management of internal elections in membership organisations by Andy Strange on Strange Thoughts.
“In this post I am proposing some principles on which I believe the rules for internal elections in membership organisations should be based.” (Submitted by andyms via LibDig.)

9. I wrote to Zac, he’s written back, etc etc. by Richard Morris on A View from Ham Common.
Morris’s marginalia.

10. Lords reform – now where? on Stephen Williams MP’s blog.
“It’s clear that most MPs want reform. And with some grown up political cooperation we can achieve it by next year.”

11. What we’ve learnt about CCDP plans by Zoe O’Connell on Complicity.
Zoe outlines the first set of evidence into the Home Office’s controversial interception plans, as heard by the special committee established to look at the Draft Bill.

12. ACTIVATE 2012: A DIARY by Natasha Chapman on The Libertine.
“Overall, the weekend very helpful and a great opportunity to meet and befriend like-minded and interesting people. I feel it motivated delegates to get out and fight for the Party, teaching them the skills to do so and also helping to give them confidence to run for positions themselves.”

And that’s it for another week. Happy blogging ‘n’ reading ‘n’ nominating.

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